Safety Vonn Bell

Year: Junior.

Height: 5-foot-11.

Weight: 199 pounds.

What stands out: A projected second-round pick, Bell fell on the proverbial sword during his media session, following the lead established earlier in the week by fellow Buckeyes Adolphus Washington, who apologized for a suspension that kept him out of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl, and Cardale Jones, who tackled questions about being benched with aplomb. Bell admitted NFL talent evaluators are picking him apart for his failure to offer adequate run support in college. “It could have been [better],” he said Saturday. “Sometimes you get lazy. But I’ve seen on film when I was sitting down with some scouts, they were tearing me up a little bit. It’s something to fix. It’s not hard to fix. You just have to run to the ball a little harder and be more consistent.” Bell needs to make the proper adjustments to meet the expectations placed upon him as one of the top-rated free safeties in the draft. The Browns will need a free safety if they fail to retain former Pro Bowler Tashaun Gipson, who’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 9. But they finished last season ranked 30th against the run (128.4 yards allowed per game) and can ill afford players prone to slacking in that category. “It was kind of iffy in college,” Bell said of his run support. “I’ve gotten much better about it. I’m getting stronger. You have to grow as a young player and go up there and stick your nose in it.” Still, there is a lot to like about Bell, who was named first-team All-America this past season after compiling 65 tackles and leading the team with nine passes defended. “I’m the full package,” he said. “You’ll get a playmaker. You’ll get a guy who can tackle in the open field. You’ll get a guy who’ll bring the whole team together. You’ll get a leader and another coach on the field.”

— Nate Ulrich